Nate Diaz is back! The Stockton Slugger will finally step inside the Octagon against the British fighter Leon Edwards in the main event of UFC 262 on May 15 in Houston, Texas. The former lightweight contender had been eyeing a fight for quite some time now, and it looks like the fans will finally get to witness Nathan Diaz back in action.
Nate Diaz will return against Leon Edwards in the co-main event of UFC 262 on May 15, sources told @arielhelwani.
It will be the first five-round non-title co-main event in UFC history. pic.twitter.com/kUXHzGi60P
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) March 31, 2021
In a twist, Nate Diaz vs Leon Edwards will go down as a five-round fight, despite being in the co-main event of the evening. This will be the first time in the history of the UFC that a co-main will be a five-round fight. Needless to say, Diaz always brings something different to the Octagon, and yet again he has etched his name in the history book by becoming the first fighter alongside Leon Edwards to co-main the UFC PPV card with a five-round fight.
Check me out may 15th I’ll be headlining #ufc262 in Houston Texas I’ll also have the new UFC lightweight title fight on the card I need people to know these guys are they’ve been working very hard and I can’t wait to see who gets my old 👑 I’ll see uguys there 👊🏼
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) March 31, 2021
Diaz took to Twitter and claimed that he is main-eventing the card along with Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira. UFC 262 looks absolutely stacked now, with Tony Ferguson also set to feature on the same card in a three-round fight against Beneil Dariush.
Nate Diaz vs Leon Edwards official for UFC 262
Nate Diaz and Leon Edwards have had their fair share of back and forth on social media. Leon Edwards is coming off a no-result against Belal Muhammad. Edwards returned to the Octagon earlier this month after a twenty-month lay-off against Belal Muhammad. However, Edwards’ return was spoilt after a brutal eye poke rendered Muhammad unable to continue.
In the lead-up, Edwards had thrown multiple digs at Diaz, who replies with the old McGregor line, “Who the f*** is that guy.” Both the fighters will finally settle their rivalry inside the Octagon in what promises to be an exciting match-up between two of the best fighters in the history of UFC.
Nate Diaz could be looking at a potential title opportunity with a win over Leon Edwards since the British fighter is right up there in the rankings. Additionally, Edwards will also look to cement his position with a statement win over Nate Diaz. The announcement has not been made official by the UFC, Diaz has confirmed the news on Twitter. It’s only a matter of time before the news becomes official.